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    Michiganders Should Prepare for Recreational Marijuana

    A 2015 poll by the Glengariff Group puts Michiganders’ support for legalizing, regulating, and taxing recreational marijuana at 56 percent and opposition at just 36 percent.[ii]

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    Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    Summary: The Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act was re-introduced by the Senate as Senate Bill No. 4 on January 20, 2015 through the Judicial Committee. A very similar House Bill 5958 passed through the House quickly last year with a 59-50 party line vote but stalled in the Senate. The purpose of this bill is to create a limit of action from the Michigan government, “to burden a person’s exercise of religion and would allow a person to assert such a burden as a claim or a defense in a ju

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    Film Incentives in Michigan

    The film industry first made its appearance in Michigan during the Post-World War II era with 319 productions in total having been filmed in the State of Michigan. In recent years, the film industry in Michigan has been a controversial one, having been addressed by several pieces of legislation over the years.

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    Encouraging Immigration in Michigan

    Migratory movements have been a constant throughout the history of mankind, often due to political, social, economic, or natural disasters. However, the hope for better conditions of life and work has always been crucial to all those who choose immigration. The arrival of immigrants into the country encourages the creation of more business, and therefore creates more jobs. The American dream is more than just a fantasy for millions of worldwide citizens. It is an opportunity to seek a better lif

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    Minimum Wage Increase in Michigan

    One of the hot topics for Michigan’s 2014 gubernatorial election will be a possible increase in minimum wage. Mark Schauer, the Democratic candidate, favors a plan to increase minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 per hour. This increase will occur in three increments over a period of three years, and would also include a yearly adjustment to account for future inflation./p

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    Commerce and Regulation

    • Michiganders Should Prepare for Recreational Marijuana

      A 2015 poll by the Glengariff Group puts Michiganders’ support for legalizing, regulating, and taxing recreational marijuana at 56 percent and opposition at just 36 percent.[ii]
    • Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act

      Summary: The Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act was re-introduced by the Senate as Senate Bill No. 4 on January 20, 2015 through the Judicial Committee. A very similar House Bill 5958 passed t...
    • Film Incentives in Michigan

      The film industry first made its appearance in Michigan during the Post-World War II era with 319 productions in total having been filmed in the State of Michigan. In recent years, the film industry i...
    • Encouraging Immigration in Michigan

      Migratory movements have been a constant throughout the history of mankind, often due to political, social, economic, or natural disasters. However, the hope for better conditions of life and work has...
    • Minimum Wage Increase in Michigan

      One of the hot topics for Michigan’s 2014 gubernatorial election will be a possible increase in minimum wage. Mark Schauer, the Democratic candidate, favors a plan to increase minimum wage from $7.40 ...
    • Minimum Wage Increase in Michigan

      One of the hot topics for Michigan’s 2014 gubernatorial election will be a possible increase in minimum wage. Mark Schauer, the Democratic candidate, favors a plan to increase minimum wage from $7.40 ...
    • Minimum Wage Proposal

      Opinion Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer proposed on Nov. 18, 2013, his intentions to raise Michigan's minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 if elected. Charles E. Ramirez, a writer for The Detroit Ne...
    • Minimum Wage Proposal

      Opinion Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer proposed on Nov. 18, 2013, his intentions to raise Michigan's minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 if elected. Charles E. Ramirez, a writer for The Detroit Ne...
    • Last Call

      Opinion   Supporters are petitioning for the approval of Senate bill No. 856. The bill would allow the sale of alcohol to 4 a.m. in cities with populations over 600,000. This would be certified...
    • Should Michigan Prohibit Credit Card Surcharges?

      Credit card companies operate by charging a percentage of payments accepted through them. Historically, companies like Visa and MasterCard have had business policies prohibiting merchants and retailer...
    • Alcohol Regulation

      Michigan recently restricted the sale of stimulate-laced alcoholic energy drinks. The ban covers 55 products from four manufacturers currently approved for sale in the state. Manufacturers will have 3...
    • Kyle Celebuski's interview with Michael Shore Director of Coporate Communications at the MEDC

      Kyle Celebuski: I'm writing a paper on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the changes it underwent during the Snyder Administration so I was wondering if you could speak to that? Micha...
    • The History of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation

      Have you heard of the plan to subsidizing filming costs to turn Michigan into the new home of the film industry or seen one of the Pure Michigan commercials advertising the states advantages? If you h...
    • Authorization of 4 A.M. Liquor Licenses

      Today Michiganders can enjoy drinking with friends, family, and acquaintances within bars and restaurants as well as purchase alcohol at their local stores until 2 A.M. This all too common closing ti...
    • Time to Reconsider Alcohol Regulation?

      With the new keg tagging law coming into effect this month, Michigan’s alcohol regulations are finally being discussed at least among college-aged house partiers.  However, while these laws effect a m...
    • Michigan Film Office Interview

      Transcript of Kyle Celebuski’s interview with the Michigan Film Office’s Michelle Begnoche.   .
    • Michigan Film Office Overview

      One of the unique solutions to Michigan's economic woes was the idea of turning the state into a "Hollywood" of sorts using incentives to attract new, entertainment industry jobs.  Supporters believed...
    • States Divided Over Asian Carp Barrier

      With invasive Asian carp now established in waterways near Chicago, politicians and officials in the Great Lakes states are pushing for immediate action to prevent the fish from ever entering Lake Mic...
    • Medical Marijuana Court of Appeals Ruling

      Nearly 100,000 medical marijuana patients may have to find another means of purchasing their medication following a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling published on August 23rd. The Court ruled that Com...
    • Moving forward: how should Michigan foster business?

                  As Michigan continues its reforms to create a better business environment, Governor Rick Snyder has recently added legislation that extends the scope of the 21st Century Jobs Fund.  This f...
    • Survey says: Is MI providing a good business climate?

      There has always been focus in each state on how their business environment compares to other states throughout the nation. Often times states use these rankings developed by different news outlets, r...
    • Gov. Snyder replaces DELEG

      In his first few months as governor, Rick Snyder has certainly been taking administrative action to help achieve some of his promised campaign goals. Recently Snyder took on the Department of Energy,...
    • Is China the "new frontier" for the auto industry?

      No Michigander has been a stranger to the recession of the past few years.  The impact of this nation-wide economic slump was considered to be felt greatly by the people of Michigan because of the col...
    • Should there be a tax break for Michigan manufacturers?

      In a state that relies heavily on the manufacturing sector as one of its greatest sources of revenue, Michigan manufacturers are saying that the tax burden they must bear in this state is too great. ...
    • Could the DRIC bring commerce to Michigan?

      As Michigan begins a new year, many are hoping it will be one filled with promise and progress, especially in terms of the economy. These days, any Michigan resident is excited to hear plans to impro...
    • Interview with Joe Bell, owner of The Peanut Barrel

      How has the smoking ban affected your business? Do you see this regulation as being stifling to restaurants like yours? It began in the summer while MSU was still on break and it initially increased ...
    • Is Snyder's tax plan the best plan for Michigan?

      Opinion: As many Michiganders, including Governor-elect Rick Snyder, would agree, one of the biggest obstacles facing Michigan businesses is the Michigan Business Tax. Created in 2007, the Michigan...
    • Update of Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act

      Commentary: H.R. 2378, otherwise known as the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act (an amendment to the Tariff Act of 1930) is still in debate in the U.S. Senate. First introduced in May of 2009, the ...
    • Overview: The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation

      The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation (OFIR) is a government entity located within the Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth in the state of Michigan. OFIR is the agency that is...
    • Is China the enemy-or an ally?

      There is no doubt that the most widely contested issue in America today is China and foreign trade. Due to the recent midterm elections in November, the public was subject to nearly 300 political ads...
    • Interview with Monica Martinez, commissioner of Michigan Public Service Commission

      To start out can you describe what the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is and what are some of its goals? The MPSC is an independent state regulatory agency. We have close to 200 staff und...
    • Patent Laws the Latest in Series of Small Business Struggles

      In a time when small businesses are simply trying to stay afloat amidst a struggling economy, new obstacles are being put in their way of success. Recently the issue of patent laws has arisen due to ...
    • Liquor regulations cause fluster of activity in Michigan and Washington

      Recently a bill in Michigan that would have allowed, among other things, early Sunday morning liquor sales, was vetoed by Governor Jennifer Granholm on the basis that parts of it were unconstitutional...
    • China the Source of Debate Throughout the Country

      Part of the great debate in the upcoming elections on November 2 is the result of sending jobs to China and what effect this has on the national economy. Of course in this recession, many Americans h...
    • Can fair trade be brought to the U.S. and Michigan?

      Since the country has been in a recession for the past 2 years, several citizens have found that the economy itself seems to be crumbling under the pressure. The issue of fair or free trade with fo...
    • U.S. Department of Commerce Lends a Hand to Michigan Businesses

      In an effort to encourage more small business in the state of Michigan, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will begin to open up more resources for small businesses across the state.  A...
    • Mobile Home Inspection Bill

      House Bill 4801, sponsored by Representative Bob Constan, aims to amend the Mobile Home Commission Act to allow local authorities to conduct safety inspections of rental homes. As of now Michigan law ...
    • Michigan Broadband Needs

      The current landscape for Michigan's broadband network shows holes that must be filled in order for Michigan to not only bounce back from the most recent recession, but take the lead in creating 21st ...
    • Proposed Changes to Tenant Termination Policy

      In Michigan, changes are being proposed that would strike out some of the current language included in a bill regarding landlord and tenant relations. The House Bill 4904 would amend section 5714 of t...
    • Opinion: Broadband Bill

      The Michigan legislature has not seen a great deal of action in the broadband policy arena. There have been, however, two major bills introduced in the past year that could have important affects Mic...
    • Fair Housing Changes Proposed for Sexual Orientation Discrimination

      Currently, the federal Fair Housing Act and Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act do not protect individuals from housing discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression...
    • Proposed Vehicle Code Changes for Logging

      House Bill 4224 proposes an amendment to the Michigan Vehicle Code pertaining to the proper towing of log slashers and log saw trailers. Section 719 of the Michigan Vehicle Code covers various issues...
    • Michigan Telecommunication Policy News

      Telecommunications policy, specifically related to broadband internet access, has become an increasingly popular topic in Michigan within the last few months. Moving forward into this new century we s...
    • Interview with Rob Fowler, Small Business Association of Michigan

      Interview - Rob Fowler, President/CEO of Small Business Association of Michigan Q1: "I would like to begin by talking briefly about the history of the SBAM. When was it founded? Is it part of a bigge...
    • Mortgage Reform Legislation Passes in the Senate- Will it pass in the House?

      There is a package of bills that has been approved in the Senate that will strengthen officer loan requirement laws. The package is supposed to help make loan officers more accountable for their actio...
    • The No Worker Left Behind Program proves to be a success

      There are many workers in Michigan, and across the country that no longer have jobs, or expect to lose their jobs due to the fact that they never received a college degree. The No Worker Left Behind P...
    • Interview with Doug Roberts-Director of Environmental and Energy Policy 10/19/09

      1. Can you tell me about your professional and educational background? Doug Roberts went to Hope College and got a BA in Business Administration and Political Science. He then went to MSU and got h...
    • Using Credit Scores to Determine Auto Insurance Premiums

      As of right now, 93% of Michigan insurance companies use credit scores in order to determine rates that people pay for insurance.  A person's credit score is created by using their educational level, ...
    • Michigan fights for small car plant- Will this actually help Michigan's economy?

      Michigan, Wisconsin, and Tennessee  were all competiting against each other in order to bring the GM small car plants to their state.  Wisconsin was willing to offer GM $409 million in tax cuts and ot...
    • Workplace Safety Laws in Michigan- Is MIOSHA enough?

      MIOSHA is Public Act 154, and it was created in 1974.  Its main goals are to improve workplace safety, increase awareness and invlovement in workplace safety, and to strengthen public confidence throu...
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